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Visitor information for Dartmouth in Devon

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Dartmouth, carved into the banks of the beautiful River Dart, must surely be one of Devon’s most charming towns.

Beautiful medieval buildings and old quays give the town its unique character, but while the architecture may hark back to years gone by, Dartmouth is very much in tune with the 21st century.

The narrow streets are packed with small shops and galleries selling local arts and crafts, quirky homewares, and nautical clothing and gifts. Small cafes and smart restaurants offer a veritable feast of fine food, and with plenty of local produce on the menu you’ll get a real flavour of Devon.

In a commanding position overlooking Dartmouth is the Britannia Royal Naval College, where naval officers have been trained since 1863, originally from a ship, HMS Britannia, until the present college was completed in 1905. Visitors can join a guided tour to find out how young officers are made ready to serve the needs of the modern Royal Navy.

Of course, its waterside position is one of Dartmouth’s main attractions and there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water. Leisurely cruises, angling trips, wildlife safaris and boats to hire by the hour or day are readily available.

Visit Dartmouth Castle and journey through 600 years of history; try your hand at a spot of sailing or kayaking; enjoy a family swim at the local pool; and don’t miss Bayards Cove – a cobbled medieval quay and 16th century coastal defence tower. With so much to see and do here in Dartmouth make sure you visit the Tourist Information Centre, which is situated close to Mayors Avenue car park, staff there will be happy to help you find your way around.

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